NEWPORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Guests and staff will be required to wear masks when the Newport Aquarium reopens on June 22.
Aquarium officials say they have been working on reopening plans since they were forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Now that they have the go-ahead from state and health officials, the aquarium will reopen on June 22 to annual pass holders.
A few days later on June 25, the aquarium will open to all guests.
“Our team has been taking great care of the animals but we’re so excited to get them back their people-watching time,” Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose said. “We’ve spent months thoughtfully preparing to reopen, and although the experience will be different, we’re confident these changes will help with the safety of our employees and guests and still get them what they love most about a visit to the aquarium.”
The aquarium has implemented new protocols to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
They will operate on a daily capacity to allow for proper social distancing meaning pass holders and general admission guests will have to reserve their visit date and time.
Along with wearing a mask, the aquarium will require employees and guests to have a touchless temperature screening before entering the facility.
Children under the age of three are the only ones who will not be required to wear a mask, aquarium officials say.